Greetings, my fellow parishioners!
This is Julie Collins, and I am reaching out to you as our parish coordinator of the 2021 Archbishop’s Appeal for Ministries.
I wish first to thank you for your commitment to the 2020 Archbishop’s Appeal. Even during the extraordinarily challenging times of a pandemic, you followed through with your generous gifts. Although we did not quite meet our goal, we still collected 10% more than the previous year. Hats off to you!
Now, with the new year comes the launch of the 2021 appeal, which provides us with a new opportunity to imitate Christ by offering love to His people through our gift to ministry. Our giving signifies faithful Christian stewardship that receives God’s gifts gratefully, cultivates them, and shares them in justice with others. This year’s theme is, “Resilient in Faith and Service,” which seems to be especially fitting during these times. We’re not asking for a gift or pledge right now. What we do ask is that you start prayerfully considering your gift for this year. You might contemplate what your own blessings from the Lord are, how those have transformed your life and your relationship with Him, and how He may be asking you to share those blessings to strengthen your brothers and sisters here at St. Brigid and across the Archdiocese.
Letters will be going out from the Archbishop later this month about the Appeal, and I’ll come back to you during our commitment weekend February 13-14. Know that our parish goal will be a bit different this year. Rather than focus on a set dollar amount, the Archbishop invites us to focus on a new goal of parish participation of 25%. The idea is that we are a church family, and as such, what is most important is for all of us to come together, each according to our ability, to support and build up one another.
Let me share with you the letter from our Archbishop about this year’s Appeal: